Author Topic: A lesson (expensive one) in bootfitting  (Read 682 times)


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Re: A lesson (expensive one) in bootfitting
« on: September 21, 2006, 09:33:02 am »
Hi Ron,

I also have flat feet and have gone through several boots in search of the perfect fit. I'm getting closer, here is a report on the Green Mountain Orthotic Lab at Stratton;

My 17 year old daughter and I were skiing Stratton last year when she commented that her left boot was super comfortable and her right boot was a real pain.

I told her we should go to the GMOL boot-fitters here at Stratton to see what they could do. I also wanted my to have my new Salomon Course?s analyzed and probably canted.

As we arrived, I had visions of $250 modification costs and boots that were practically reengineered to our specific needs. I had always heard that the GMOL are the best boot-fitter?s; but that they were EXSPENCIVE.

Nick Blaylock completely analyzed my daughter feet, legs and stance while discussing her unique needs. The boots were checked for fit, and her Nordica Beast (110-120 flex) were a very good match for her foot shape and the right size. Her ankles were strong but very stiff with a limited range of motion. The boot sole was slightly twisted. He added a lift to the heels internally, giving her ankle a little more range of motion and planed the soles flat. He checked the ski lifter for delta. Nick said that that should do it.

As I went to the cash register I prepared myself for sticker shock. Nick spent a moment pricing the bill and said ?$38.00 please? I almost fell over. We skied and she immediately looked better with improved balance and more aggressive turns on the steep & icy runs. I asked her how everything was, and she said ?so much easier?.

I came back at four o?clock for my fitting with my new ?03 Salomon Course 130 flex. I usually need 1 or 2 degrees of canting, plus my stance and back have not been right ever since I broke my ankle 5 years ago. (the ankle is great, but not my stance)

After a lengthy analysis Nick said that the stance is not balanced and that the healed break was probably producing a longer leg on that side. He carefully checked the need for canting and said the twist in the boot sole needed to be uniformly flat but kept in place, since it was providing some canting benefit. He added a lifter to the boot on the healthy (but shorter) leg. Again I went to the cash register assuming the worst and again I paid a very fair price.

I like the philosophy at the GMOL. They provide a very complete analysis and only make a few key changes that provide a great return on investment.

We live in Chicago. My son will need new boots in 2007. We will buy at the GMOL, without hesitation.


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